Question: What is your take on the cast changes on Stargate Atlantis? I'm personally pretty happy that SG-1's Amanda Tapping is making the trip to Atlantis. It seemed pretty inevitable: Someone was going to cross over after Torri Higginson's role was minimized. Anyway, as an objective party who's never been all that entrenched in the series, what is your opinion? Also, have you heard the theory that Higginson wanted out of her contract?
Answer: I honestly don't know the circumstances of this cast change, but churn like this is inevitable on just about any long-running show — although experience has told me that any time a major change happens on a cult sci-fi/fantasy series, there will be some outcry. (Remember the fuss when Michael Shanks left SG-1 for a season? I certainly do!) From where I sit, as a detached observer who never got deeply involved in either series (they're enjoyable but, to me, not habit-forming), this all makes perfect sense. I think of Worf migrating from Star Trek:
For those who missed Michael Shanks battling a ginormous man-eating serpent last weekend in MegaSnake, Sci Fi's latest cheese-filled movie, not to worry. The actor who played Stargate SG-1's hunky brainiac Daniel Jackson for a decade is now paying a visit to the genius town Eureka on Sept. 25 (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET, Sci Fi). TVGuide.com caught the Canadian actor at the tail end of his vacation "playing dad” to his three kids, and invited him to share with us tidbits about that gig, the upcoming SG-1 DVD movies, and more.
TVGuide.com: Both you and your wife, SG-1 colleague Lexa Doig, have Eureka gigs. Hers is the wee
Question: I've been a fan of Stargate SG-1 since the beginning, but I felt that the last two seasons were rather redundant (the natural end to the story occurred when the Gou'ald were defeated). The finale of Season 8 was a fitting end to the show in comparison to "Unending," the series finale. "Unending "didn't seem to conclude the series; there were no great character developments, and there were an awful lot of ponderous moments. Stargate: Atlantis should have taken over after SG-1's Season 8. Perhaps the declining ratings indicated this. What do you think of the entire show now that it has been concluded?
Answer: This was never a show I watched with any particular regularity. I usually caught it at the start and end of the season when screeners were sent out, and I made a special point of checking in when my Farscape buddies Ben Browder and Claudia Black came aboard. I loved the fact that even when entire universes were at stake, the show never took itself that seriously. But the
Spike Lee on Tuesday announced his plan to make a World War II film based on the novel Miracle at St. Anna, which focuses on the contribution of African-American soldiers who fought and died to liberate Europe.... A Dog's Breakfast, a comedy directed by David Hewlett and featuring fellow Stargate players Christopher Judge and Rachel Lutrell among its cast, will premiere on iTunes and Amazon's Unbox this Tuesday, before arriving on DVD in mid-September.
How much cult cachet does Jericho have?
Three years ago, TV Guide dared to compile a list of the Top 25 Cult Shows Ever, a veritable who's who of programs that got people talking — and in many cases still had them talking long after the final episode aired. The litmus tests were many. These are the types of shows that make normal folk Romulan-fluent, series that inspire what can only be called worship. The faithful collect everything from action figures (and perhaps way too many of them) to yellowing scripts obtained by any means necessary. They attend conventions in fangs or blue skin or with Hurley's numbers tattooed in disturbing places.
Spurred on by the successful campaign to get Jericho plucked from the postapocalyptic ashes and returned to CBS' 2007-08 slate, TV Guide revisited that years-old countdown, asking ourselves such tough questions as: Is Lost too
As you will see detailed in the Friday, June 29 Interviews & Features column, TV Guide presents the Top Cult Shows Ever, an updated "best of" list that is sure to ignite conversation and debate both of which we encourage at this blog set up just for the occasion.* Denotes a newcomer to the list since our previous 2004 countdown30) Strangers with Candy (1999-2000) *29) Absolutely Fabulous (1994-2003)28) Stargate SG-1 (1997-2007) *27) H.R. Pufnstuf (1969-1971)26) Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1975-1978)25) Firefly (2002-2003) *24) Twin Peaks (1990-1991)23) Dark Shadows (1966-1971)22) Doctor Who (1963-present)21) Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)20) The Avengers (1966-1969)19) Quantum Leap (1989-1993)18) Veronica Mars (2004-2007) *17) Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990)16) Babylon 5 (1994-1998)15) Family Guy (1999-present)14) Battlestar Galactica (2003-present) *13) Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1989-1999)12) Pee-Wee's Playhouse (1986-1991)11) Jericho (2006-present) *10) Xena: Warrior...
A few Tuesday ratings bits: America's Got Talent dominated the night, averaging 11.4 million total viewers over its two-hour run. Another 120 thou yelled "Cut!" to On the Lot (2.29 mil). At 9, Shaq's Big Challenge debuted to just 4.42 million, albeit a 720K increase over the previous week's According to Jim repeats. UPDATE: Speaking of Jim, ABC apparently isn't done with the sitcom after all. Blame the Ausiello Report.And jumping back to Friday, the Stargate SG-1 series ender was watched by 2.2 mil, the sci-fier's best performance since its September 22, 2006, mid-season finale.
Well, its all come down to this: 10 seasons. Over 200 episodes. Adventure. Laughter. Tears. And as this is the last episode of our journey together, I will make this my last TV Guide blog entry.Thanks be to all of you who have grown with us over the years. It has been a true pleasure, and one Im sure I will not see the likes of again. The years have gone by so fast
so fast. So much has changed, in my life, and in the lives of those around me. And Im sure of yours too.I was reminded as recently as yesterday how much can happen in 10 years. I shared a conversation on the plane with Katee Sackoff (of Battlestar Galactica fame — for those living under boulders) who enlightened me that she used to watch the early seasons of Stargate with her father
when she was 17. Holy crap. That aged me.I was a single boy of 26 years when we took our first steps through the gate, and now I speak to you as a father of three at 36 years old. It really does fly, doesn...
Wow. I have not gotten into so much trouble for not completing my homework assignment since grade 9. You have no idea how many people have been riding me like Zorro for not keeping up with this blog. Thanks for caring. "I'mmmmmm back!" Well, not to make any excuses, but we have been shooting the second SG-1 movie, Continuum, for the last three weeks and things have been a bit hectic. Not to mention the fact that the first shooting week overlapped with my wife's last week of filming her movie on Vancouver Island, so I was working during the day and being both mother and father at night. This wouldn't have been that much of a chore if my daughter Mia hadn't gotten a bad cold in Victoria, and happened to keep both her and I up through the entire first night before filming. Zero sleep is not the best way to kick off the work week. "Tough darts, Batman." Anywho, the filming for Continuum has been great: frozen sets, Air Force F-15s and Richard Dean Anderson's return all crammed inside tw...
.Sorry. I realized over the weekend that there were a few things I had forgotten to do before I started this blog. The first was to introduce myself to the people who aren't already familiar with me:Hello. My name is Michael Shanks. I am an actor.I am an extremely sarcastic person. Meaning, that everything I say should be taken with a large grain if not a huge boulder of salt. I realize that sarcasm doesn't necessarily translate to the written word as well as it does the spoken. Such is life. Tough noogies. I am also an incredibly self-deprecating person. So much so in fact, that if you never hear me praise anything I do, it is because I regard most of what I do as un-praiseworthy. Meaning, I regard what I do as crap, for the most part, and not worth dissecting. I, of course, am not referring to the projects as a whole, because that is a commentary on others; I am referring to my role and worth within those projects.On the other hand, I am blessed with a ...